Featured Passage: Luke 6
Jesus obeyed God and kept the Sabbath each week just like the Ten Commandments say we should. However, the Jewish leaders, especially the Pharisees, added many do’s and don’ts to how to keep the Sabbath. These extra rules made it hard for the people to keep the Sabbath properly. Many people followed Jesus to be healed or to listen to Him teach and the Pharisees were jealous. They thought if they could catch Him doing something wrong the people would not follow Him anymore. One day, they thought they had caught Jesus breaking the Sabbath.
- When was the Sabbath created? Who created the Sabbath?
- What was the penalty for breaking the Sabbath (Ex. 31:15)? Breaking the Sabbath is a serious matter in God’s eyes. When the Pharisees accused Christ of breaking the Sabbath, it was very serious.
- What were Jesus and His disciples doing in the fields on the Sabbath? Why did the Pharisees think they were breaking the Sabbath?
- What did Jesus do when He went into the synagogue that made the Pharisees angry? Why do you think the Pharisees were so upset?
- Does God allow acts of mercy and kindness on the Sabbath (Matt. 12:11)? What kinds of things can we do on the Sabbath that might make God happy?
“And He said to them, ‘The Son of Man is also Lord of the Sabbath.’”